Coronavirus Pandemic

India: Oxygen leakage at Bengal hospital triggers panic

Filed on May 21, 2021
AFP photo used for illustrative purpose

Covid patients started running out in panic amid the chaos

Oxygen leakage at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri triggered panic among Covid patients and their families on Friday morning, officials said.

The incident happened around 9.15 am when the leakage was detected in a pipe supplying oxygen to the Covid block of the hospital, they said.

The oxygen clouded the room where the leak was detected, triggering panic among the patients who thought that fire may have broken out.

The Covid patients started running out in panic amid the chaos, while large number of people, including their family members, gathered outside the block.

Soon, the fire brigade was informed and two fire tenders were rushed from the Matigara fire station, officials said.

The situation was brought under control after stopping the oxygen supply for some time, they said.

No one was injured and no other sorts of damage were reported due to the incident, they added.

The leakage was repaired and normalcy returned, officials said.

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